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PGY-1 Preceptors

Sarah M. Wieczorkiewicz, Pharm.D., BCPS

Title: PGY-1 Residency Program Director; Clinical Pharmacist, Infectious Diseases

Education: Pharm.D., Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy, 2005

Training: PGY-1, Portland VA Medical Center, Portland OR, 2006; Infectious Diseases Pharmacotherapy Fellowship, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2008

Practice Area: Infectious Diseases, Antimicrobial Stewardship, Teaching Certificate Program

Research Interests: Antimicrobial Resistance, Clostridium difficile infection, pharmacodynamics, Infection Prevention, and pharmacy education

Email: sarah.wieczorkiewicz@advocatehealth.com

Rotation Description: The Infectious Diseases (ID) rotation is a 6-week learning experience designed for pharmacy practice residents to develop foundational ID knowledge and expand upon the clinical and problem-solving skills necessary to practice independently in the clinical area of infectious diseases. Residents will review hospital-wide antimicrobial use and provide positive blood culture assessments daily. Residents will participate in and lead topic discussions throughout the rotation. Additionally, readings are given as resources for residents to develop knowledge of disease states with which they are not familiar or to increase depth of knowledge of pathophysiology, drug therapy or clinical guidelines. Topics include basic infectious disease states such as CAP/HAP/VAP, SSSI’s, intra-abdominal infections, etc. as well as other areas of interest the resident may have such as HIV/AIDS, opportunistic infections, invasive fungal infections, pediatric infectious diseases, etc. An opportunity to round with the adult and pediatric infectious diseases teams is available based on the resident’s interests. Residents will also attend various ID-related meetings such as the pneumonia committee, SCIP, Antimicrobial Stewardship Team, Infection Prevention, etc.


Bonnie Bachenheimer, Pharm.D.

Title: PGY-1 Residency Coordinator; Clinical Pharmacist, Drug Information

Education: BS, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1991; Pharm.D., University of Illinois at Chicago, 1999

Training: PGY-1, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, 1992

Practice Area: Drug Information, Teaching Certificate Program

Research Interests: Drug information, formulary management, drug use policy, adverse drug reactions, medication safety

Email: bonnie.bachenheimer@advocatehealth.com

Rotation Description: The Drug Information Center (DIC) provides thorough, accurate and unbiased drug information and analysis for health care professionals at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. The DIC maintains current editions of essential pharmacy and therapeutics references and publications, and has online access to MEDLINE via PubMed and OvidSP, Cochrane Reviews and Evidence Based Medicine, Micromedex, UpToDate, MD Consult, Clin-eGuide, and Reprotox. Other responsibilities of the DIC include providing support for the local and systemwide Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committees; coordinating the adverse drug reaction surveillance program and the Medication Safety Subcommittee; publishing departmental and hospital wide newsletters; participating in the Advocate Clinical Pharmacy Council; and providing formal and informal education to pharmacy and other health care professionals. The DIC is staffed by one full-time clinical pharmacist and one part-time Midwestern University School of Pharmacy faculty member.


Debby Bryniarski, Pharm.D.

Title: Director of Pharmacy

Education: Pharm.D., University of Illinois at Chicago, 1989

Training: PGY-1, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, 1990

Practice Area: Administration

Email: debby.bryniarski@advocatehealth.com

Rotation Description: Managers implement changes, incorporating new practices, policies, and procedures to improve services to our patients and meet regulatory requirements. Change is always occurring, which gives the resident ample opportunity to be involved in department projects. Medication safety, customer service, financial performance, effective drug utilization, and advancing pharmacists' role in providing excellent care are areas of focus. The director interacts with individuals within and outside of the department, including Advocate-wide meetings and initiatives.


Tricia Bubacz, Pharm.D.

Title: Staff Pharmacist

Education: Pharm.D., University of Wisconsin - Madison, 2001

Practice Area: Staffing

Email: tricia.jutrzonka@advocatehealth.com

Rotation Description: Residents are required to staff approximately every other weekend throughout the year including two of five holidays. The goal of the staffing component is to provide the resident with experience with managing and improving the medication use process by preparing and dispensing medications, interpreting the appropriateness of a medication order, demonstrating ownership of and responsibility for the welfare of patients by performing all necessary aspects of the medication-use system, displaying initiative in preventing, identifying, and resolving pharmacy-related patient care issues, and successfully searching, retrieving, and managing electronic data from internal information databases, external online databases, and the internet to make optimal pharmacy-related recommendations.


Karen Caylor, Pharm.D., BCPS

Title: Clinical Pharmacist, Pediatrics

Education: Pharm.D., University of Illinois at Chicago, 2007

Training: PGY-1, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, 2008; PGY-2 Pediatrics, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2009

Practice Area: Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

Research Interests: vancomycin dosing and kinetics in pediatrics, dexmedetomidine use in PICU patients, and opioid and benzodiazepine withdrawal in children

Email: karen.chincaylor@advocatehealth.com

Rotation Description: The pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) rotation is a 4 - 6 week rotation that focuses on the provision of pharmaceutical care services to the pediatric population. The PICU is a 16- bed unit that encompasses patients ranging in age from newborns to adolescents. The patient population includes traumas, post-operative cases, and general medical issues. Residents will participate in daily rounds with an interdisciplinary team, of which responsibilities include: review of patient profiles, provision of drug information, development of evidence based therapeutic plans, and development of short and long term monitoring plans. Residents will also assist with pharmacokinetic monitoring for appropriate medications, providing parenteral nutrition support for patients, and participating in pediatric emergencies. Participation in 1 - 2 topic discussions per week is expected. Topics will include but are not limited to septic shock, traumatic brain injury, seizures, diabetic ketoacidosis, pressors/neuromuscular blockers, pulmonary hypertension, continuous renal replacement therapy, and extracorporeal membranous oxygenation. Residents will also provide education through inservices or more formal presentations to the pharmacy staff, physicians, and nurses.


Jill Cwik, Pharm.D.

Title: Clinical Pharmacist, Cardiology/Critical Care

Education: Pharm.D., University of Illinois at Chicago, 2006

Training: PGY-1, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2007; PGY-2 Cardiology, University of Massachusetts Medical Center, 2009

Practice Area: Cardiac/Medical Intensive Care Unit

Research Interests: Anti-platelet pharmacology and drug metabolism

Email: jill.cwik@advocatehealth.com

Rotation Description: The Medical/ Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (MCICU) rotation is a 4 to 6 week learning experience designed for pharmacy residents to develop the skills, knowledge, and values expected by a clinical pharmacy specialist practicing in critical care medicine. The rounding team is a multidisciplinary team consisting of an attending physician, medical residents and interns, emergency medicine interns, palliative care physician and nurse, clinical pharmacist, respiratory therapist, clinical ethicist, and nurses. This team meets daily to discuss and optimize patient care. Teaching rounds begin promptly at 1130 daily for topic discussions and issues related to patients in the medical/ cardiac intensive care unit. Specific topics are presented by various attending physician who are specialists in their area of practice.


Amish Doshi, Pharm.D.

Title: Clinical Pharmacist, Surgical Intensive Care

Education: Pharm.D., St. Louis College of Pharmacy, 1997

Training: PGY-1, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, 2003

Practice Area: Surgical Intensive Care

Research Interests: traumatic brain injury, and sedation and analgesia in critically injured patients

Email: amish.doshi@advocatehealth.com

Rotation Description: The Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) is a 14 bed closed unit which is comprised primarily of trauma, cardiovascular surgery, neurosurgery, orthopedic, and general surgery patients. Lutheran General Hospital serves as a site for surgical resident training. Residents choosing to rotate through the SICU would participate in multidisciplinary trauma rounds providing recommendations on medication therapy and monitoring as well as reviewing medication therapy for non-trauma patients. Opportunities to provide informal pharmacotherapy education during rounds and formal lectures during noon conference or morning report to our surgical residents may be available. Attendance at various committee meetings throughout the hospital such as CPR committee, hypothermia committee, and the medication usage and safety team for the emergency room is required.


Amina George, Pharm.D.

Title: Staff Pharmacist

Education: Pharm.D., University of Illinois at Chicago, 2008

Training: PGY-1, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, 2009

Practice Area: Staffing

Research Interests: Emergency medicine

Email: amina.george@advocatehealth.com

Rotation Description: Residents are required to staff approximately every other weekend throughout the year including two of five holidays. The goal of the staffing component is to provide the resident with experience with managing and improving the medication use process by preparing and dispensing medications, interpreting the appropriateness of a medication order, demonstrating ownership of and responsibility for the welfare of patients by performing all necessary aspects of the medication-use system, displaying initiative in preventing, identifying, and resolving pharmacy-related patient care issues, and successfully searching, retrieving, and managing electronic data from internal information databases, external online databases, and the internet to make optimal pharmacy-related recommendations.


Heather Graham, Pharm.D.

Title: Clinical Pharmacist, Pediatrics

Education: Pharm.D., Ferris State University, 2008

Training: PGY-1, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, 2009

Practice Area: General Pediatrics

Research Interests: general pediatrics, pediatric hematology/oncology and infectious diseases

Email: heather.graham@advocatehealth.com

Rotation Description: On the general pediatric rotation the resident’s responsibilities include: daily rounds; assisting physicians in drug selection, dosing, and monitoring; documenting medication errors; updating various medication guidelines; patient/family counseling; and teaching (resident physicians, nurses, and pharmacists).


Ellen Keith, RPh, CACP

Title: Clinical Pharmacist, Anticoagulation

Education: BS, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1979

Training: ACCP Research Institute/Anticoagulation Clinic of North America/University of Texas - Austin Anticoagulation Training Program, 2006

Practice Area: Anticoagulation (Inpatient)

Research Interests: Hypercoaguable states and patient education

Email: ellen.keith@advocatehealth.com

Rotation Description: This rotation is designed to develop a working knowledge base and clinical expertise in the area of anticoagulation therapy, as well as develop and enhance general assessment and patient monitoring skills of the resident. The resident will be actively involved in managing anticoagulated patients in the acute care setting. The resident will be responsible for all aspects of patient management under the preceptorship of the clinical pharmacy staff. Meetings with preceptor(s), reading assignments, case presentations and projects are also utilized to achieve these objectives.


Noreen Kelly, Pharm.D., BCPS

Title: Clinical Pharmacist, Medical Surgery/Pain Management

Education: Pharm.D., University of Illinois at Chicago, 2004

Training: PGY-1, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, 2005

Practice Area: Medical Surgery/Pain Management

Research Interests: Prophylaxis of venous thromboembolism, inpatient diabetes management, and non opioid medication therapies in the management of acute and chronic pain

Email: noreen.kelly@advocatehealth.com

Rotation Description: A Pharmacy Resident will be expected to serve as a resource to physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other healthcare providers as a drug information specialist. Opportunities to educate medical residents, attending physicians, and nursing staff regarding medication therapy both formally and informally will be undertaken. The resident will learn to articulate recommendations confidently and tactfully to health care professionals and verbally communicate important information in an organized, clear, concise, and timely manner. Daily responsibilities will include the development of a complete problem list and therapeutic plan including therapy, dose, regimen, route, monitoring parameters for assigned patients. Learn to re-assesses and prioritizes problem list daily and learn to apply new information to the current clinical setting. An emphasis will be placed on learning to retrieve and evaluate drug information in a complete, correct, and timely manner and evaluate the primary literature for answering controversial drug related problems. Medication use evaluations will be performed as a method in learning to collect the pertinent information, evaluation of that data, providing a written summary of that data in an organized, complete, concise, clear, manner, and to present that information effectively to the appropriate audience and implement and adapt the prescribed changes within the organization. In addition, the resident will become comfortable in providing patient education by conducting medication histories, medication discharge counseling, and adverse drug reaction prevention and reporting.


Jackie Kessler, MS, FASHP

Title: Clinical Pharmacist, Investigational Drugs

Education: BS, University of Wisconsin – Madison, 1980; MS, The Ohio State University, 1983

Training: PGY-1/2 Administration, The Ohio State University Medical Center, 1983

Practice Area: Investigational Drug Services

Research Interests: Medication Safety

Email: jackie.kessler@advocatehealth.com

Rotation Description: Residents electing to complete a rotation on the Investigational Drug Service will develop an understanding of the role and responsibilities of the institutional review boards, gain experience reviewing research proposals, and coordinate pharmacy-related activities pertaining to active studies.


Kelly Kopec, Pharm.D.

Title: Clinical Pharmacist, Pediatrics

Education: Pharm.D., University of Illinois at Chicago, 1994

Training: PGY-1, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1995

Practice Area: Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Research Interests: Neonatal nutrition; optimization and adverse effects, neonatal infectious disease, neonatal pharmacokinetics

Email: kelly.kopec@advocatehealth.com

Rotation Description: The neonatal intensive care unit at Lutheran General Hospital is a level III nursery with ECMO capability and an average daily census of 35 – 40 infants. The patient care team is composed of an attending neonatologist, a neonatal fellow, residents in pediatric training, the neonatal pharmacist and neonatal nurses. During the 4 – 6 week rotation, the PGY – 1 pharmacy resident will attend morning rounds starting at 8 am. During rounds the pharmacist is responsible for checking all medication orders for accuracy based on the patient’s weight, gestational age, disease state, and lab results. The resident will develop evidence based therapeutic plans and ensure that appropriate short and long term monitoring parameters are followed. The pharmacy resident is responsible for the pharmacokinetic monitoring of antibiotics. Other responsibilities include answering drug information requests, evaluating medication usage, participating in performance improvement initiatives, responding to Code Blue situations, and development of treatment pathways. The resident will serve as a liaison between the staff pharmacist and the medical team. Providing education for pharmacists, medical residents, and nurses is also a priority. During the rotation the resident has the opportunity to review the following topics: Developmental pharmacokintecs, osteopenia of prematurity, infectious diseases in the NICU, pain management, respiratory distress syndrome and BPD, seizures, treatment of PDA, surfactants, neonatal nutrition support, prevention of RSV, apnea of prematurity, retinopathy of prematurity, causes and prevention of IVH, ECMO, necrotizing enterocolitis, prenatal HIV exposure.


Jane Kosirog-Glowacki, Pharm.D.

Title: Clinical Pharmacist, Hematology/Oncology

Education: Pharm.D., Creighton University, 1991

Training: PGY-1, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1992; PGY-2 Hematology/Oncology, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1993

Practice Area: Hematology/Oncology

Research Interests: prevention and management of chemotherapy-induced toxicities, hematopoietic stem cell transplant, chronic pain management, and teaching

Email: jane.kosirog-glowacki@advocatehealth.com

Rotation Description: The hematology/oncology rotation for pharmacy residents offers unlimited learning opportunities. The resident will attend rounds, provide drug information and interact with both health care professionals and patients. Goals for the rotation include: To provide clinical experience, to strengthen clinical pharmacy skills and expand knowledge base, to apply pharmaceutical care to this patient population, to enhance communication skills with both patients and health care professionals. The inpatient hematology/oncology unit has a diverse patient population, including but not limited to, solid and soft tissue tumors, leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma, melanoma and stem cell transplant. Patients may receive evaluation for initial or progressive disease, treatment with chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy, treatment for adverse effects, oncologic emergencies, febrile neutropenia, pain, nutrition, and DVT. This rotation can be challenging, yet rewarding, as patients have medical conditions requiring pharmaceutical intervention in addition to oncology interventions. Advocate Lutheran General Hospital has a Stem Cell Transplant Program (allogeneic, autologous), a Research Program with clinical trials and an Oncology Fellowship Program for Physicians.


Malisa Patel, Pharm.D.

Title: Staff Pharmacist

Education: Pharm.D., University of Illinois at Chicago, 2004

Training: PGY-1, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, 2005

Practice Area: Emergency Department, oncology

Research Interests: Emergency medicine, infectious diseases

Email: malisa.patel@advocatehealth.com

Rotation Description: Advocate Lutheran General Hospital’s emergency department (ED) is a training site for emergency medicine residents from the University of Illinois at Chicago, internal medicine and family practice residents from Lutheran General, medical students, and pharmacy students. The 31-bed Emergency Department has approximately 58,000 patients per year, and 19,000 of them are admitted to the hospital. During the ED rotation, pharmacy practice residents provide patient education by conducting medication histories, medication discharge counseling, and adverse drug reaction prevention and reporting. They serve as a resource to physicians and nurses as a drug information specialist and aid in the selection and dosage of medications prescribed in the Emergency Department. Other activities performed include: inservices to the ED staff, attending traumas and cardiac arrests, topic discussions, reviewing patient charts, and completion of various projects. Residents will assist in the care and monitoring of critical care patients in the ED. Due to the unpredictability of the work load and patient acuity in the ED from day to day, the timing and volume of activities will vary.


Jennifer Phillips, Pharm.D., BCPS

Title: Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice; Clinical Pharmacist, Drug Information

Education: Pharm.D., University of Illinois at Chicago, 2001

Training: PGY-1, Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University, 2002

Practice Area: Drug Information, Teaching Certificate Program

Research Interests: Use of technology in the classroom, how pharmacy informatics and technology affect medication errors

Email: jennifer-a.phillips@advocatehealth.com

Rotation Description: The Drug Information Center (DIC) provides thorough, accurate and unbiased drug information and analysis for health care professionals at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. The DIC maintains current editions of essential pharmacy and therapeutics references and publications, and has online access to MEDLINE via PubMed and OvidSP, Cochrane Reviews and Evidence Based Medicine, Micromedex, UpToDate, MD Consult, Clin-eGuide, and Reprotox. Other responsibilities of the DIC include providing support for the local and systemwide Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committees; coordinating the adverse drug reaction surveillance program and the Medication Safety Subcommittee; publishing departmental and hospital wide newsletters; participating in the Advocate Clinical Pharmacy Council; and providing formal and informal education to pharmacy and other health care professionals. The DIC is staffed by one full-time clinical pharmacist and one part-time Midwestern University School of Pharmacy faculty member.



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